We use the following guidelines in arriving at a decision on whether a campus of an institution can be considered separately for rankings purposes.
- Does the branch campus have its own university principal (president, chancellor or vice-chancellor depending on the local custom) that does NOT report into the leadership of the main campus? This is a strong indicator of distinct autonomous governance.
- Does the campus have a distinct name/brand/identity/domain? e.g. ucla.edu; berkeley.edu – these sites look and feel very distinct from one another giving each a distinct identity.
- Do researchers from each branch campus publish under discernibly different affiliation identifiers that can be isolated reliably in Scopus, with no common parent identifier of another Higher Education Institution (exception is university systems which we still consider by component)?
- Does the university print a distinct name on different campus degree certificates?
If the answer is NO to ANY of these questions, then we will not treat the campuses as an autonomous entity. When a campus has been determined to be autonomous, we will evaluate and analyze it as a separate university, completely in-line with the process for any other university in the ranking. It will have no effect on the parent institution.
Where a campus is determined to be non-autonomous, its data (reputation, staff/student, research, sustainability etc.) will be analyzed as part of the whole institution. Please find more on how international branch campuses are evaluated.